Voyager 1 and 2 are twin space probes which were launched in 1977, 40 years ago, and they have finally entered interstellar space! The mission was for the probes to fly by the distant planets of our solar system, to allow for clearer photos and more in-depth study. They also contain the golden records, holding various forms of media to possibly be experienced by future extraterrestrials. Timothy Ferris, the producer of the golden record, and published multiple times in National Geographic magazine, wrote an article about the exciting circumstances surrounding the launch of Voyager 1 and 2. In his article, he says, “…Let us now praise the twin Voyager space probes, launched 40 years ago and currently departing the solar system to drift forever among the stars… A big-science endeavor that consumed some 10,000 work-years, the mission has been described as ‘one of the greatest voyages of exploration ever conducted by our species.'” You can find his entire article here.
Voyager Going Interstellar was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1 and 2, and to celebrate their passage into interstellar space! It also hosts a competition for students to upload various forms of media, with a chance of their submission making its way onto a future space mission! Learn more about the competition on its about page.